​Tim Young, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Professor, Honored by Alma Mater

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Tim Young, pictured above, has been recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his career impacts in the forestry industry. The Distinguished Alumni Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by UWM. Photo by E. Hoffman, courtesy UTIA. Download image​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In recognition of his global reputation for quantitative analysis, intelligent manufacturing, and statistical process control in the forest industries, Timothy M. Young of Knoxville has been awarded one of highest honors bestowed by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Young is a professor and researcher with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. He is also an alumnus of UWM and a native of Wisconsin. The Distinguished Alumni Award he has received recognizes both his achievements at UT as well as his continuing involvement with the forest industry in Wisconsin.

Young holds the position of professor in the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries and is a member of the Center for Renewable Carbon, a unit of UT AgResearch based in the department. During his career, he has published 272 scientific articles and secured more than $7.2 million in extramural funding for his research. His extensive and internationally recognized research portfolio has led to innovations that have increased efficiencies in manufacturing processes, reduced costs, and improved profitability in the forest-manufacturing industries. In addition to his academic career, Young offers industrial training courses in statistical process control, advanced data mining, and experimental design for managers in the bio-based industries. More than 600 professionals have taken these courses.

In 2013 Young was named a Fulbright Scholar for an exchange in Austria, where he has developed linkages for UT with both the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and BOKU University in Vienna. Next, he was named to a five-year term as a Fulbright specialist in agricultural statistics. This ends in 2020 and has included, to date, an appointment in Austria two years ago.

Young is a former president of the international Forest Products Society and former chair of the society’s Process Control and Quality Control Research Group. In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Quality, American Statistical Association and Tennessee Forestry Association.

Despite living and working in Tennessee, he has remained active in the scientific community in Wisconsin. For the past 15 years, he has been involved with research grants and contracts with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison. Young holds two degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a B.S. in natural resources awarded in 1979 and an M.S. in 1983 in forest economics. He continued his education at UT, earning  a second master’s in statistics in 1993 and a Ph.D .in natural resources in 2007. Young worked in industry before returning to UT where he has been a faculty member since 1998.

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